Simon Malls extend hours

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This year, the day-after Christmas sales came the day after. Most shoppers at the Fashion Mall Thursday didn't seem to mind the prolonged wait following Wednesday's storm closures.

"I called ahead, so I wasn't too disappointed. But I did actually get all ready for shopping for bargains. So I'm just doing it today," said Jana Dykstra, who was browsing in Crate and Barrel.

"I don't mind. I'm off all week so I'm just here today and trying to find what I want," said Stan Hunter.

"After Christmas we usually come back, take things back and find sales," said Shirley Diefenbach, who was shopping with her family. She said it didn't interrupt her plans. "We love the snow!"

"I thought it was a gift to have a day that you couldn't do anything. But we did come at ten. We were gonna come at eight yesterday," said Leah Flanagan, who was shopping with a friend.

Retailers didn't just lose one day of sales. The day after Christmas is typically one of their most profitable of the year.

"We didn't have near the turnout today as we normally would have on the day after Christmas. That's not saying that Friday and Saturday, the side roads will be a little more clean and a lot of people have this week off as we know, and we might pick some of the sales back up," said Mark Tate, retailer

Crews spent all night clearing the parking lot of snow. And if the parking lot is any indication, shoppers were ready to make up for lost time.

"We helped them out today," said Andi Oles. "We already made one trip to the car and mostly stuff for the new nursery and for ourselves.

"This is therapeutic for me. This is my therapy. I'm enjoying myself," said Brenda Boykins, who said that she was spending a little money but "don't tell my husband!"

Simon extends hours

Simon Malls says it's extending hours Friday and Saturday at Indianapolis-area malls after the storm.

Hours are as follows:

Castleton Square

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Circle Centre

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

College Mall

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Greenwood Park Mall

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Hamilton Town Center

Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Muncie Mall

Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Fashion Mall at Keystone

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Washington Square

Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.